Born in 1950 and brought up in Somerset, my parents loved walking, especially on Exmoor, the Quantocks and Dorset coast, and so gave me an appreciation of the countryside. Many holidays were spent camping in the Lake District and, although I’ve been visiting the Lakes for more than fifty years, I still look forward to going there whether for the day, weekend or for longer holidays.
Having lived in County Durham for over twenty five years, I’m fascinated by the bleak landscapes of the North Pennines and the beauty of the Durham Dales. I love the ever-changing effects of light and return many times to favourite locations recording the different seasons.
Being a geographer, I’ve always had an affinity to hills and mountains, so, when it became impossible for me to walk any distance due to severe osteoarthritis, I took up landscape photography in 2008. This may seem a strange choice when my mobility is restricted; however, it keeps me in touch with landscapes I enjoy and is a challenge to achieve images that are recognisable but, sometimes from a different perspective. Recent holidays in Scotland have meant me taking the opportunity to capture images of its beautiful and varied scenery, both coast and mountain, with more trips planned!
The inspiration to take up landscape photography came from the images I'd admired on greetings cards and calendars by Colin Prior and Joe Cornish, both internationally renowned photographers.
The information and techniques I've gained from 1-2-1 courses, with Keith Fergus at Scottish Horizons, have given me the opportunity to try and achieve the images I'm aiming for; something that will convey my feelings about the views I've seen!